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Charlie & Nat - St John's Churt, nr Farnham

I met Charlie while at University in Exeter and we quickly came to realise that we’d pretty much spent life up until that point narrowly avoiding one another. We’d gone to school’s that played sport against one another, had a number of mutual friends and generally been much closer than the average six degrees of separation, yet we’d never met. Charlie’s also a photographer and has shot a variety of great work including The Ride Across Britain, some fantastic equine photography and being an adventurous sort, all manner of expeditions and escapades.

I first met Nat when we all sat down together over dinner to discuss wedding photography. As a soon to be qualified doctor, Nat is clearly the brains of the outfit. That said, she also has a ridiculous appetite for adventure, Charlie and her met on a Raleigh International expedition to Borneo and then together they spent time in New Zealand climbing mountains and surfing waves. Basically, they’re a perfect pair.

I covered the full day for this one, from Nat’s getting ready at the lovely Collier’s Farm in Fernhurst, through the ceremony at St John’s Church in Churt and then back to Charlie’s parent’s house in Hindhead for a particularly memorable reception. I always like to make note of fantastic people I’ve run into in the course of my work and particular thanks must go to two people I met during this wedding. First off Tania Stephenson-Oliver of TSO Bridal Beauty who was wonderfully professional and lovely to work with. Tania’s one of those make-up artists who is not only great at the core elements of her job but also great at all the ancillary stuff like being a calming and reassuring presence throughout the morning. Basically she looked after Nat like a true pro.

Next up, my thanks to Rev. Tony Whitaker at St John’s. Tony was brilliantly inclusive from beginning to end, allowing Charlie & Nat to have their ceremony their way, all the while retaining the solemnity and reverence that’s appropriate for church weddings. From a photographer’s point of view Tony was fantastic, he trusted me to work in my own discrete manner and was helpful throughout.

Nat & Charlie really went to town with their wedding reception. The setting was perfect and everything looked so well considered and appropriate. When I saw Charlie a few days prior to the wedding he was calmly building the bar and assured me (despite the seeming evidence to the contrary) that everything would come together in good time. He was right of course. From welly wanging to bunting to fire pits and the evening noodle bar the whole wedding was a testament to Charlie & Nat’s can-do attitude. Basically it was awesome! It really could have been a multi-day event because there was almost too much good stuff to fit into a single day!

I’m going to shut up in a moment and let the pictures do the talking. Here’s a selection of my favourites including a few informal groups I shot on my new Polaroid 195 Land Camera. My thanks to Charlie & Nat for having me, it was a genuine pleasure to shoot for you and share your day. Cheers guys!


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Helen & Dominic - Northbrook Park, Farnham

I met Helen & Dom at the Farnham Maltings wedding fair back in September. Helen’s mum Angela is a photographer in her own right and therefore their choice of me as their wedding photographer represented a vote of confidence but also the additional pressure of being watched at work by a peer! Thankfully I received a lovely email a couple of weeks back saying that they were “absolutely THRILLED” with the outcome. The email even included an attached photograph of Dom checking out the photos on an iPad while on honeymoon in Kenya. The wonders of technology!

As a couple these guys are fantastic. I get on really well with all my clients, but there are some people that I feel almost miffed to not know on a personal level! Helen & Dom are just the warmest, most friendly people you could hope to meet and it’s been really great getting to know them. The love between them is palpable and their wedding was a fitting testament to a manifestly strong relationship.

Helen & Dom’s wedding took place in June. They were married at Rowledge Church and then headed back to Northbrook Park in Farnham for their reception. Northbrook has quickly jumped to the top of my personal list of favourite venues. It’s literally got everything, including some amazingly pretty gardens, loads of indoor areas in case of rain, the best wedding breakfast space - bar none - that I’ve ever come across (the light is wonderful!) and even on site cottages that are perfect for before or after the wedding. As is usually the case with my photography, the coverage started in the morning with Helen’s bridal prep and ran all the way through until the close of play. This was a good thing as it meant I got to witness not only a really moving weeding, but also some ridiculously accomplished and assured ‘Gangam Style’ from Dom’s dad!

My particular thanks obviously to Helen and Dom but also to Angela. Thank you for putting your collective faith in me and letting me follow my eye and shoot as I saw fit. I’m really glad to hear you loved the pictures!

As ever, here’s a mix of some of my favourites from the day. These are all shot on the 5D Mark III on a variety of lenses including the 17-40L, 35L, 50 f/1.4 and the 135L.

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Helen & Mark - Cain Manor, nr Farnham

Having photographed the weddings of a few couples from amongst this particular ‘crowd’ I really feel like I’ve come to know them well, and made some good friends amongst them. I met Helen and Mark at Nancy & Rich’s wedding last year and in simple terms, they’re just lovely people with great families and fantastic friends. The day began at Helen’s parent’s house for Bridal preparations, followed by a stop at the pub with the Groom and Groomsmen before heading off to Church just round the corner in Farnham. A word of thanks to Reverend Karen Richardson at St Thomas on the Bourne for being so friendly and welcoming. Photographers sometimes meet hostility in places of worship, and, regardless of the rules laid down, what I always remember is the tone. My aim is always to be as discrete as possible while still doing my job and Karen was great in this regard. Relaxed, kind and fair.

The reception took place at Cain Manor, a location I’m coming to know really well after shooting there a a few times in the past. The weather was fantastic, the speeches poignant and hilarious in well-considered measure and the dancing was a thing of wonder. Phil Bryant, I’m looking at you - funky chicken is served! My very best congratulations to Helen & Mark, thanks so much for having me and for being exceptionally good fun.

As always, here’s a selection of my favourites, all shot on the 5D3 with a mixture of (mostly) primes.

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Ellie & Matt - Cain Manor nr Churt, Farnham

Ellie & Matt’s wedding at Cain Manor in Churt nr Farnham was one of the happiest I can recall. Ellie is an old mate from Uni days and truly a great friend. I’d shot at Cain once before, for Jane & Simon’s wedding back in 2009, and it was really nice to return. I was fairly new to wedding photography the first time around and it felt like somewhere I wanted to revisit and see how I’d progressed.

I like to think I’ve got pretty good at being comfortable in an otherwise ‘girls-only environment’ on the morning of a wedding, and the whole process is usually pretty relaxed while being plenty of fun. It’s mostly about finding the right line between courtesy and light banter, but above all it’s about putting people at their ease. I’ll often crack a joke about my deep knowledge of makeup which I’ve gathered purely via the action of osmosis…. what?! It’s true! However, when you really know the bride, it’s always easier to know where that line stands. On the morning of Ellie’s wedding we chuckled a lot! Her bridesmaids were fantastic and it was great to finally meet her sister, Abi, who I’ve felt like I’ve known, third-hand, for years.

One of the great things about venues like Cain Manor is the proximity of everything. It’s secluded and spacious without key areas feeling remote from one another. Ellie & Matt were the model of punctuality, but as if to add to the nerves of the day, the M25 decided to be foul and throw a traffic jam in the path of one half of the Best Man duo. The half, sod’s law determined, that who was entrusted with the Orders of Ceremony. For Ellie & Matt this resulted in a squeaky bum ‘hold-short’ as the big moment approached. While I felt their pain, it made for a great photographic opportunity. The consulting of watches, the nervous glances and the heightened anticipation makes for great documentary material! Thankfully everyone made it in time and after a short delay things got underway. I’m happy to report that all nerves have subsequently settled!

Despite being late September, the weather was largely fantastic and the skies beautiful. My abiding memory of Matt & Ellie’s day will be a throughly fantastic time had by all. No pretence, just the right level of ceremony, but above all a desire to have a truly memorable time with friends and family. I left their wedding feeling seriously energised about my job. This is, undoubtedly, what it’s all about.

Anyway, time for some pictures. As usual, these were all shot on the 5DIII, with the exception of the overhead of the Bride & Groom walking down the aisle (this was a remote 20D). A collection of lenses were used including the 35L, 50 f/1.4 and 135L. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave them in the comments at the bottom of the post, it’s good to talk!


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